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Do you still like your Malibu?

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I've been looking at the LTZ V6 Malibu, Accord V6, Camry SE V6 and Altima SE V6. Drove all and they are all very well built cars. The Malibu had the quitest ride, period. I don't know what Chevy did but Honda and the rest better follow! I've been lurking on here a while and everyone seems to like their Malibus. Complaints i had was the upgraded stereo. It did not sound good at all. I clunk my head on the front pillar when getting in and thats it. Its been many years since i've had a domestic car (88 Escort). That domestic car gave me many problems. I like the Malibu but do not want to get that feeling again that the other domestic car gave me. So i have some questions
1. Is there any mechanical problems that the Malibu's 3.6 have weather it be yours or what you've read elsewhere? I've searched and can not believe i get hardly no results. It seems that engine is in many GMs.
2. What are you V6 owners getting to a tank of gas?
3. How much is the OnStar service? I have a Garmin, so is it worth it?
4. What makes this car so quite? Wow.
5. What is the uplevel instrument cluster upgrade on the LTZ?
6. How are the grey colored suede/leather combo seats holding up?
Can't think of any more but i'm sure more will come. More than likely i'll get the LT2 V6 for the fact i don't like the wood trim. The aluminum looked nice and can't be had in the LTZ.
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For the radio, I had to play with it for almost an hour to get it to sound at least better than being in a tin can. It sounds pretty decent now that I have adjusted everything.

I do agree with you that the car is DEAD quiet. We got up to 90 the other day and it felt like nothing at all because its so quiet. I love it!

PeterH, there is a transmission update for both 6 speed autos that supposedly fixes the weird shift issues. It semi-fixed our issue.
I'm curious as to what you changed your settings to on the radio. Care to share?
Bass-1 click left
Mid- 3 clicks left
Tre-3 clicks right
Bal-3 clicks to the rear

When I say left or right I mean on the screen if that confuses you. Ive found that the rear speakers are FAR FAR better than the front ones so changing the balance had the biggest effect to me.
It got rid of it for us for the most part. However, we have an Eco. Our main problem was that it was going into 5th with cruise on and then staying in it for WAY too long after a hill. Ours rarely did the 6-4 shift unless I was doing it manually or in auto mode and I slammed the pedal down to the floor.
I liked the Fusion as well but the antique looking radio font and HORRIBLE color killed the car for me. Im a big guy (6'6") and the room wasnt near as useable (if that is the right word) as in the Malibu.

Dont get me wrong. Its a great car for sure. Just wasnt the right one for us.
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